Monthly Archives: December 2012

Immanuel “God with Us”

Matthew 1:23
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

This is a verse that is very common to see or hear during the Holidays, but this year it has touched me in a very special way.

On December 19th, we welcomed Gary Charles and Kennedy Maelynn into the world under very stressful circumstances. Both babies and my mom were not doing well physically and delivering the babies at 27 weeks was the best option to keep everyone safe. During this time we were supported through prayer. I know that the prayers we received were powerful and full of God’s grace because less than a week later both babies and my mom are doing very well.

As I was driving back to their house on the 19th, I was overwhelmed with true thanksgiving , Eucharisteo in Greek. I knew without a doubt that we had experienced true “Immanuel”, God was with us during that day and the days leading up to the delivery. His presence was there with each nurse and doctor and in the delivery room, and in the NICU with the nurses who are still taking care of these precious babies. We are so blessed that once we believe in Jesus as our Savior and accept him into our lives that the Holy Spirit indwells us and is WITH US!

I hope that as you are celebrating this wonderful Christmas day, that you do not forget the true reason of the Season. That our God took on an earthly body, lived a sinless life, died the death of a criminal and then rose again and now lives in Heaven and is with us whenever we need him. We are so fortunate to have a God who cares so much about us. I pray that you will feel His presence today and every day.

Now to show off my littlest brother and sister. 🙂

Gary and Kennedy

Merry Christmas!


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Posted by on December 25, 2012 in gail


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The Story of Our Trip

This past Sunday, Gail and I were able to share with people of the community our journey in South Sudan.  We were able to share some pictures and videos as well as stories.  In case you were not able to make it but you still want to see what all went on, we have posted a video to YouTube:

Simply click on the link above and it should take it to the video.  Be warned that it is a little over 26 minutes long.  Which if you knew how many pictures and videos we went through, 26 minutes seems almost miraculous.  But please do go and watch it.

Again we want to thank everyone that supported us through this amazing experience.  We were able to see the joy and hope of God in the lives of South Sudanese orphans.  It is still hard to exactly put into words our experience but we hope this video will help you have a better understanding of everything.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh and Gail

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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Josh wrote this for his blog today. I thought it was so good that I wanted to share it on ours as well. If you didn’t know, Josh has his own blog where he posts some really wonderful spiritual stuff. You can follow the link “Thirsting for God” on the right side of our blog page to access his blog.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Thirsting For God

It started not with myth or legend

No princess, prince, knight or dragon

There was no witch nor storm to fear

But came upon a midnight clear


It was foretold years ago

In ancient books, the story goes

A people separate from their Maker

Lost in life’s endless crater


They pulled and tugged and scratched and clawed

But there was no end for they were flawed

What did they need to be set free?

Brains, talent, strength indeed?


They looked to warriors in their might

Their savior though, nowhere in sight

What man would come, what king to save?

No man, no king, a lowly babe


Born not to riches or earthly glory

For that would be no great story

Instead he came poor and plain

GodMan here, Jesus his name


A life righteous did he live

Into temptation he did not give

But perfect…

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized